Following on from my last blog, here’s what happened today. UK Labour Party official Eric Wilson turned up early and met Stephen Dean’s executive, which for now still runs Falkirk West constituency, in secret.  He refused to address the assembled members and left by a side-door so they wouldn’t actually see him.  The loyal members.. read more →

02 Nov 2013
November 2, 2013

One Sunday in Falkirk


Tomorrow, Sunday, Falkirk West Constituency Labour Party will meet to discuss ‘events’. They’ll be addressed by Eric Wilson, the UK party officer who led the ‘Unite fixing’ inquiry – the one which concluded that nothing untoward happened.  Labour members will have in their hands copies of the Sunday papers providing more detail about who fixed.. read more →

28 Oct 2013
October 28, 2013

Stephen Deans’ resignation


Grangemouth is moving into a phase where 1600 jobs at Ineos, and the many thousands more in the local supply chain, are more secure than they have been for years.  What workers need now is decent, intelligent representation. For now, Stephen Deans’ resignation was inevitable, and it’s a shame anyone has to lose their job,.. read more →

23 Oct 2013
October 23, 2013

Grangemouth Tragedy


The announcement by Ineos this morning that Grangemouth’s petrochemical plant is to close is terrible news.  Hundreds of jobs lost directly, many more indirectly.  The loss of a significant element of Scotland’s industrial capacity. Why has this happened? As I’ve blogged below, Ineos has been flagging likely cuts for months but instead of engaging with.. read more →

17 Oct 2013
October 17, 2013

United in Calamity


The stand-off at Grangemouth between employer Ineos and union Unite has led to the chemical plant’s temporary shut-down.  Unite says the shutdown is ‘economic vandalism’ – Ineos says it’s because Unite’s continuing threat of industrial action means shut-down is the safest option.  Both statements reflect the standard public posturing which happens around industrial negotiations.  But what’s actually.. read more →

07 Sep 2013
September 7, 2013

Falkirk West: Constituency Unite Party?

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Here are a few thoughts in the wake of Labour’s apparent decision on Falkirk West that no rules have been broken by anyone connected to Unite, or anyone else, ever, capisce? The local complaints about Unite amongst Labour members were initially that the Scottish Chair of Unite, Stephen Deans, who became chair of Falkirk West.. read more →

12 Jul 2013
July 12, 2013

Jennie From The Bloc

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Jennie Formby’s – @JennieUnite – tweets are a blast, even if that’s not how they’re meant.  Interestingly, they bluntly lay out her politics and give a useful insight into a particular kind of mindset. Jennie’s most recent tweets are RTs of Morning Star pieces, whose editorial policy is that of the Communist Party of Britain… read more →

David Blunkett has today called for the Labour Party’s report on Falkirk to be released.  I hope he’s listened to, and in short order. The report, I’m guessing, includes a simple analysis and cross-referencing of names and addresses to see if people who’ve been signed-up are actually present at the addresses given.  In addition, there’ll.. read more →